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Certificate in Trades Fundamentals Durham College - Whitby Campus Durham College - Whitby Campus, Canada

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CAD 14884

Annual Tuition Fee

*Subject to change and other fees
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CAD 100 Waived

Application Fee

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12 months


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Program Overview

Don’t know if you want to provide heat, water or energy? Build machines or keep them running? Get a taste of the trades and see what suits you best! In this program, you will gain exposure to and experience in a variety of areas designed to help you choose a skilled trade or apprenticeship program. To assist you with firmly establishing a career within the skilled trades you will be introduced to:

  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Machining
  • Plumbing
  • Welding
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) essentials

In addition, you will have an opportunity to rotate through different trades and gain hands-on, practical knowledge through theory and shop work in order to make a knowledgeable and well-informed decision on your future career goals.

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Additional Information

Program Level UG Certificate / Diploma

College/University Processing Time 7 Days

Program Format Full-Time

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) work permit

Program Intake


Sep 2024

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.0 - With No Band Less Than - 5.5
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 53 - With no score less than - 49
    • Minimum Overall Score - 105.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • Grade 12 English (C or U)

6 IELTS Score
53 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
105 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
55% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

The values given below are estimated figures, excluding extra charges like material fee, student activity fees, athletic fees, health care, etc., for courses. To know more, please visit the Programs page.

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


Tuition Fee

CAD 100 Waived

Application Fee

11000 Per year

Average Cost of Living

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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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International students commencing programs at Durham College will be eligible for a variety of scholarships that can help offset the cost of their studies. The awards are open only to new full-time international students in their first program of study at Durham College.

English Proficiency Entrance Scholarship


Students must:
  • Submit their application for admission and pay their fees by the deadline indicated on their offer letter.
  • Arrive in Canada and remain enrolled at Durham College past the 10th day of the semester.
  • If a student withdraws from Semester 2 prior to the 10th day of the semester, the scholarship will be revoked and the money awarded will be subtracted from their refund.
  • If a student fails to register for Semester 2 classes prior to the 5th day of the semester, the scholarship will be revoked and the money awarded will be subtracted from their account.
To note:
  • Scholarships are awarded towards second semester fees and will be awarded prior to the deadline for the student’s second semester fee payment when possible, or before registration for semester 2 classes. There have been delays due to COVID-19, causing study permit approval delays.
  • If a student has paid their full year fees in total before receiving the scholarship money, refund cheques will be issued in the month following the start of each semester (October, February and June)


Award Up To $1,000 Award Up To $1,500
•    Grade 12 English final of 80%**
•    Cape – Grade 2
•    CSEC (CXC) – Grade 1
•    A Level – Grade B
•    0 Level – Grade A/7
•    BGSCE – Grade A
•    B2 WAEC
•    KSCE – Grade A-
•    Academic IELTS 7.5
•    TOEFL (IBT) 102
•    IB English A HL – Grade 5
•    UCE – Grade 1
•    DUO LINGO 120
•    Grade 12 English final of 85%**
•    CAPE – Grade 1
•    A Level – Grade A/A*
•    O Level – Grade A*/8 or 9
•    A1 WAEC
•    KSCE – Grade A
•    Academic IELTS 8.0
•    TOEFL (IBT) 110
•    IB English A HL – Grade 6 or 7

*English Language Proficiency results must be submitted at the time of application and fees must be paid by the deadline shown on your Letter of Acceptance to be considered. University level English results are not considered for scholarships.
**Grade 12 English grade will be considered if from a Canadian or U.S.A curriculum only.

Academic Excellence Scholarships

Students who achieve academic excellence in their program of study may be awarded an in-course scholarship valued up to $1,000CAD. 14 International students were recipients in the 2016-2017 academic year. Recipients are invited to an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

Application And Notification

Students do not need to directly apply for a scholarship. Durham College staff will assess each student based on the English scores and notify successful recipients via email.

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